In this video Ricky Gervais shares the writing advice that shaped his style. It’s simple advice. It’s advice that is repeated so often that it sometimes turns into background noise.
Write what you know.
Sometimes this advice is understood very literally. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as beautiful, intriguing nonfiction can come out of that interpretation. A story about your mother cleaning an old woman’s house can be a work of art.
But I’ve always interpreted it more liberally. A writer may not have the actual experience to back up a particular piece of story – most fantasy authors have probably never ridden a dragon – but the concept still applies. Honesty can still be at the heart of even the most “unrealistic” story. The art of storytelling isn’t limited to fiction, nonfiction, novels or screenplays, but in every medium it relies on resonating with the audience. And nothing resonates like honesty.